Garlen Gruenhagen, 71

Garlen Michael Gruenhagen, passed away in St. Cloud MN at the Veterans Administration Health Care Facility on July 4, 2020. He had reached the age of 71 years, and 19 days.

Garlen was born at Hutchinson, MN on June 15, 1949 to Kenneth and Helen (Uecker) Gruenhagen.

He grew up in Howard Lake, MN, was baptized and confirmed and attended school at St. James Lutheran. He graduated from Howard Lake High school in 1967.

After high school, Garlen joined the United States Marine Corp. He spent part of his tour of duty in Viet Nam, and is a recipient of the Purple Heart medal.

Following his time in the service Garlen came home and worked first at Advanced Machine in Minneapolis then took a job as a letter carrier for the United States Post office.

On September 20, 1986 Garlen married Kim Trittabaugh, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. They lived in Howard Lake prior to moving to Clear Lake in 1989. Kim passed away on May 6, 2013.

Garlen enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, and spending time at his cabin. He was a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW, and the American Rifle Association.

Survivors include sisters Noreen (Donnie) Horsch, Jane (Tom) Boeson, cousins Gerald (Budda) and Connie Gruenhagen, uncle Ron (Joyce) Uecker, aunt Ruth Uecker, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

He is preceded in death by: his wife Kim, brother Russell, and parents Kenny and Helen.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Honorary gun salute, flag presentation and luncheon follows service at the Howard Lake Legion. Interment will be at Ft. Ripley Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.

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